Jewellery thefts rise in Sri Lanka! During last week, over 5 necklace / gold chains snatching robberies reported in Sri Lanka. Police warn women to be extra careful with their jewelry / necklace as increase in motorcycle snatch thefts incidents. Mostly women are the victims of these incidents.
Two suspects were arrested by police after snatching a necklace of a woman on December 3 in Iginiyagala area. Police recovered from the suspect the victim’s necklace reportedly worth Rs. 270,000. Police identified the suspect 19-year old and 33-year old. The police have discovered that the suspects are drug addicts. About 6g of heroin was also found in the possession of the two suspects.
Last year, over 150 necklace / gold chains snatching robberies reported in Sri Lanka. Police warn women to be extra careful with their jewelry / necklace as increase in motorcycle snatch thefts incidents.
Whilst emphasizing that there is an increasing trend with regard to the rate of motorcycle theft and chain snatching cases, the Police urged the public to take precautions. (LankaXpress.com )
Snatching Jewellery Gold Chains / Necklaces thefts rise in Sri Lanka!
We can all take steps to avoid becoming the victim of a snatch theft or pickpocketing:
Be alert and aware of the surroundings. Walk against traffic, on the inside of the sidewalk, with handbags kept away from the street side of the curb. Keep a close eye on any moving vehicles, particularly motorcycles with pillion riders. Be cautious at busy intersections and when crossing streets.
Be cognizant of how you carry a handbag, backpack or parcel. Holding it in your hand beside you, or casually slung over your shoulder or behind you, makes you an easier target. Handbags should be held close to your body in front of you, and backpacks should be slung over both shoulders on your back. Be sure to fasten any closures on the bag.
If possible, walk with a group of people and avoid poorly lit streets, shortcuts, and narrow alleys.
Keep a low profile and avoid public displays of wealth. Do not carry large sums of cash or wear expensive, flashy jewelry.
Do not place your handbag or purse on the passenger’s seat while driving; place any valuables on the floor or somewhere less accessible from the windows.
Do not leave handbags or mobile phones on top of the table at cafes, restaurants, or bars.
Do not leave your belongings unattended, even for a moment.
Do not place valuables (e.g. money, mobile phones, etc.) in locations on your person or in your bag which are easily accessible by thieves.
Opportunistic criminals will usually search for easy targets. Maintain situational awareness and try to make yourself a difficult target.